Trump attorney Alina Habba unleashed a torrent of frustration directed at New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron during a break in Monday’s testimony in Trump’s $250 million civil fraud case. Habba’s outburst came after Engoron repeatedly admonished her for interrupting Trump’s testimony and making objections without waiting for the judge to rule.
Habba accused Engoron of being “unhinged” and of trying to silence her and prevent her from defending her client. She also said that she had been told to “sit down” and that she had been “yelled at” by the judge.
Legal observers criticized Habba’s complaints, saying that her outburst was unprofessional and that she should have shown more respect for the court. They also pointed out that judges have a duty to maintain order in the courtroom and to prevent lawyers from making inflammatory statements.
Habba’s outburst was a significant lapse in judgment. As an attorney, she has a duty to uphold the highest standards of professionalism. Her outburst was disrespectful to the court and to the judge, and it could have a negative impact on her client’s case.
It is also worth noting that Habba’s outburst was not entirely unfounded. Engoron did repeatedly admonish her for interrupting Trump’s testimony and making objections without waiting for the judge to rule. However, Habba’s reaction was far out of proportion to the situation.
Trump’s legal team has a history of making inflammatory statements and of attacking judges and prosecutors. This type of behavior is counterproductive and only serves to damage Trump’s reputation.
Overall, Habba’s outburst was a major blunder that could have a negative impact on Trump’s case. Trump’s legal team needs to learn to control their emotions and to show more respect for the court.
Here are some specific things that Trump’s legal team can do to improve their behavior in court:
- Avoid making inflammatory statements.
- Show respect for the judge and the court.
- Follow the rules of evidence and procedure.
- Avoid interrupting witnesses and talking over the judge.
- Be prepared to answer the judge’s questions.
If Trump’s legal team can follow these simple rules, they will be much more likely to succeed in court.
I have had the current Attorney General and a current Supreme Court justice, at the time serving in their respective positions on the DC Circuit, chastise me in two different proceedings.
Get over it. https://t.co/ov11OOnkIf
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) November 6, 2023